The Last Time I Saw Paris

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composition date
1941
genre
Film
related media performance(s)
“The Last Time I Saw Paris” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, performed by Dinah Shore
type: Movie
venue: Till the Clouds Roll By
media: Video
songwriter(s)
Jerome Kern
Oscar Hammerstein II

Changing the rules

Oscar Hammerstein was so distraught when the Germans entered Paris on June 14, 1940, that he wrote the lyric to “The Last Time I Saw Paris.” Jerome Kern set it to music and it was introduced by Kate Smith. The song became so popular that MGM put it into the film Lady, Be Good. It went on to win the Academy Award although it wasn’t specifically written for the film. Hammerstein realized the injustice and insisted that the Academy change the rules for songs, which they did.

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